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Subglacial Ecosystem

By | August 22, 2014

Samples from an Antarctic lake 800 meters below the ice reveal an abundance of microbial life.

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Marburg Drug Shows Promise

By | August 22, 2014

Monkeys infected with lethal doses of Marburg virus were rescued by an experimental siRNA-based therapeutic, a study shows.

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DARPA Challenge to Predict Chikungunya Spread

By | August 19, 2014

Contest aims to identify models that accurately forecast outbreaks.

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Chikungunya Vaccine Clears Phase 1

By | August 18, 2014

Early-stage clinical trial yields promising results. 

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Biotech Terminates IPO

By | August 15, 2014

The Israeli firm Vascular Biogenics withdrew its initial public offering after six days of trading. 

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How Bulgy Bears Keep Diabetes at Bay

By | August 8, 2014

A genetic switch in hibernating bears keeps the animals from becoming insulin-resistant. 

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Pioneering Cancer Researcher Dies

By | August 6, 2014

Emmanuel Farber, past American Association for Cancer Research president who advanced fundamental understanding of chemical carcinogenesis, has passed away at age 95.

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A Blood-based Biomarker for Suicide?

By | July 31, 2014

Epigenetic and genetic changes in the SKA2 gene are correlated with suicidal behaviors, researchers show.

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Super Sniffers?

By | July 24, 2014

African elephants have more genes for olfactory receptors than dogs or humans, a study shows. 

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Autism in the Genes

By | July 22, 2014

Researchers determine that heritability outweighs non-genetic risk factors when it comes to the developmental disorder.

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